Prehealth Advising

Welcome to the Prehealth Advising page!

A career in health is a commitment to making a lifetime of difference. Exploring different paths and programs is a crucially important (but not always easy) part of the journey. We’re here to give you all the support you need as you explore different careers in the health field, then prepare for and apply to a range of top-tier health profession schools and programs.

Our dedicated prehealth advising team will help you explore your interest in health professions, and explore careers that impact healthcare. We work to demystify every step of the application process, sharing our expertise and experience in researching programs, understanding prerequisites and requirements, writing essays, and preparing for interviews. It’s an intense and involved process that requires insight and perspective, one-on-one support. And that’s exactly what we provide to every student. 

What we offer:

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Individualized appointments

Prehealth Advising is here for you through every step of the process. Need advice? Plan an appointment that fits your schedule.

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Expert advice

From exploring the health field to preparing for your career to submitting your application, our expert staff are here for you every step of the way.

Prehealth Credential Service

Prehealth Advising offers the prehealth credential service, an online system that helps you streamline your recommendation letter process when applying to medical/health profession schools and health-related scholarships.

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Virtual Drop-Ins

Have a quick question or need some just-in-time advice? Prehealth Drop-Ins take place on Tuesdays from 12pm to 2pm ET. There are no Prehealth Advising Drop-Ins during Independent Activities Period (IAP) or summer.

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Medical Interpreting Course

This 4-week IAP course trains multilingual MIT community members in core principles, standards of practice, ethics, and medical terminology. Participants will be qualified to work or volunteer as interpreters in healthcare settings upon completion of the 40-hour course.

In IAP 2023, this course will be offered by CAPD’s Prehealth Advising Office and MIT ActLingual with support from the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, MIT Medical, MIT Coop, and the MIT Community Service Fund. Class facilitated by UMass Chan Medical School.

The application for the 2023 IAP Medical Interpreting Course is now closed. Please check back with us next fall.

Learning to become a medical interpreter

You’re in the hospital with a serious condition. The doctor is asking you questions. The nurse is explaining your discharge instructions. The problem? You don’t understand or speak English. Or at least not well enough to grasp the complex information …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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First-year students discover medical careers in Prehealth Advising-led SP.252

”I’m not sure what I want to do, but I know I want a career where I can directly improve people’s health.“

These sentiments are what Prehealth Advising’s first-year discovery subject Careers in Medicine (CiS) SP.252 helps students explore and, …

By Akunna Rosser
Akunna Rosser Senior Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising
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Prehealth Advising runs its seventh Discover Prehealth FPOP

MIT is well-known for developing the talents of future engineers and scientists, but people often haven’t heard of its success developing our future physicians.

And in late August, MIT Prehealth Advising ran its 7th Discover Prehealth FPOP for 25 incoming …

By Akunna Rosser
Akunna Rosser Senior Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising
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Medical Ethics and your Med/Health Professions School Application

When applying to health professions school, your ability to wrestle with complex ethical situations is an important predictor of how well you’ll be able to handle such situations as a practitioner.

Medical schools and other health professions schools assess this …

By Ariel Ackermann
Ariel Ackermann Assistant Director, Early Career Engagement
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Top 5 survey data takeaways: MIT students have opportunities to be successful in many fields

This is MIT, so it’s no surprise that we love data. In 2021, students shared their experiences for three surveys, facilitated through Institutional Research: The Doctoral Exit Results Survey (DES) for PhD students, the Graduating Student Survey (GSS) for Bachelor’s …

By Lydia Huth
Lydia Huth Communications Specialist
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Featured Resources


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